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Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

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Unless someone close to us has been suffering from it, we may look upon anxiety as an uncomplicated and passing condition. We know it can be brought on by excessive worry and unexpected difficulties, but a comforting thought is that we also know the turbulence will pass as soon as the problems have been dealt with.  Unfortunately, it is not always as simple as that, especially when one is experiencing a General Anxiety Disorder (GAD).


The term anxiety covers a wide range of inexplicable sensations that may also include irrational worries and fears, accompanied by nervousness and feelings of low self-esteem. It appears to be very normal for everyone to experience these sensations once in a while, particularly in competitive circumstances and when facing challenges like fast approaching deadlines, examinations, interviews, starting a job, or even getting married or divorced.  Illness in the family can also bring on anxiety.   As long as there are reasonable grounds for anxiety, there should be no undue cause for concern.   It is when the anxiety is not in response to a logical concern, but rather, when it is disproportionate to the circumstances believed to have brought it on, that alarm bells should start sounding.  


While most of us have experienced varying degrees of anxiety in the course of our lives, and some experience it more frequently than others, it is usually considered to be normal.  What is not at all normal is when the nervousness and fears become crippling, and the condition drags on over extended periods, with no end in sight and for no plausible reason whatsoever.  This irrational and never-ending apprehensiveness is viewed as a GAD, and people with this condition will endure untold misery.  They are nervous and worried most of the time, and they are are also overwhelmed with feelings of doom and gloom.  While family members may empathize and try to help or reassure them, the benefits of this kind of support would ultimately depend on the extent of the problem and the depths of despair their loved one has sunk to. Family relationships may be jeopardized, friendships when subjected to severe strain may be put on hold, or may even end.  Studies may be interrupted, and jobs may be lost - all because the individuals had difficulty coping with their normal day to day activities, and ultimately gave up in despair. 


People with GAD suffer a constant dread and uneasiness.  They have difficulty shaking off feelings that all is not well, and they fear the unknown. Consequently, they are always nervous, tense, and unable to sleep, and suffer a loss of appetite - which is understandable. GAD is believed to run in families, and can even afflict children, adolescents as well as adults.   Once the problem is recognized for what it is, treatment can started, either by way of medication or using a psychotherapeutic approach - cognitive behavioral therapy.  This is a general concept which includes some similar, yet different techniques. In cognitive behavioral therapy, trained personnel help the individuals to realize the connections between their thoughts, their emotions and their behavior. This will help them to realize how their negative or distorted thinking processes can affect their emotions, which in turn impacts on their responses and behavior. Through cognitive behavioral therapy, the individuals can talk to persons who understand their condition and who are there to support them through the healing process.  They learn to come to terms with the realities of life, and with courage and perseverance can slowly, but surely, progress towards making a recovery.  Recovery will not happen overnight, but once the seed of hope is planted, with self discipline and adequate support there is hope for a better future.   


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